Fastly is an American content delivery network specialising in edge computing. The company highlights specific features as differentiators from their competitors including reverse proxying and instant purging.
The Shopify platform uses both Fastly and Cloudflare to power their sites.
Use Case & Application
Chinafy and Fastly both are related to a website and or web applications performance. However -
Chinafy specialises in web performance for China. The platform combines both intelligent China web resource compatibility solutions with a fully-managed China-specific infrastructure - including fast near-China CDN.
The Fastly solution is widely used across various websites for acceleration and security purposes, with the majority of its solutions applied across global, non-China websites.
They can be used in compliment. More in Using Chinafy with Fastly.
Chinafy vs. CDNs
CDNs are not able to resolve any resource compatibility issues on the software layer that websites face in China.
That is why a number of Tier 1 CDN providers including AWS, Azure, and Alibaba Cloud partner with Chinafy to further help their end-users have a stronger digital presence in China. Chinafy conversely works closely with these partners to offer our clients access to their other solutions.
By combining an intelligent China web compatibility suite with a fully-managed infrastructure stack - including a multi-CDN - Chinafy helps websites and web applications load an average of 5.6x faster in China and display more fully.
Read more about Chinafy vs. CDNs
, and how they work in compliment from network to application layer optimisation.
Onshore vs. Offshore PoPs
Use of any onshore CDN PoPs in China, irrespective of provider, requires an ICP license which relatedly requires an onshore China business entity.
Without one, most companies are leveraging the provider's Global CDN, including Near-China PoPs.
Learn more about how Chinafy helps achieve near-native onshore performance, offshore without a separate site, ICP license or onshore hosting for Fastly.
Use of any onshore CDN PoPs in China, irrespective of provider, requires an ICP licence, which relatedly requires an onshore China business entity.
As Fastly does not have a China presence however, Fastly customers will all be leveraging Fastly's Global CDN, including Near-China PoPs.
Learn more about how Chinafy helps achieve near-native onshore performance, offshore without a separate site, ICP license or onshore hosting for Fastly sites.
Fastly CDN (Offshore) in China
Fastly customers with origins outside of China may experience up to 50-70% latency for their end-viewers in China versus customers using Chinafy either in combination with rim delivery leveraging the Fastly global network or Chinafy’s de facto CDN stack leveraging several providers.
Fastly CDN (Onshore) in China
Fastly does not any Points of Presence (PoPs) in China. They have seven rim PoPs near-China in Asia as of 2021.
Compatibility in China
Fastly does not provide China compatibility solutions to handle for, resolving, or replacing resources that are blocked or inaccessible from China. Common technologies that interfere with a site’s functionality in China and may appear broken include Vimeo, Youtube, Twitter, Google APIs and more.
Please refer to Chinafy vs. CDN.
Do you use Fastly? Use both Chinafy and Fastly.
We regularly work with sites using various CDNs. CDNs does not fully address web performance issues in China but it doesn't mean you can't use other features and or leverage their leading CDN capabilities outside of China.
Do you have a regulated entity and ICP license?
A) If no, no problem. Learn more about how Chinafy helps SMEs to listed MNCs to achieve near-native onshore performance, offshore without a separate site, ICP license or onshore hosting to compliment to compliment your existing tech stack. Bolt-on China access.
B) If yes, reach out to us to see how you can combine Chinafy's intelligent web resource compatibility suite with Fastly with Chinafy for Enterprise.